I would argue that most of us tend to view Thanksgiving as a time of enjoying the bounties of life with those closest to us. The copious platters of turkey, stuffing, and pie serve as reminders to us that we really do have much to be thankful for.
This approach, however, limits the full opportunity that Thanksgiving provides us.
Thanksgiving is also a designated time of GIVING ‘thanks.’ It’s being mindful of those things that we subconsciously take for granted. And the ‘giving’ aspect of Thanksgiving is meant to be the verbal recognition of these blessings to the people who are connected to them. Additionally, being mindful of all that we should be thankful for actually works to prevent entitlement. Pastor and author, John Ortberg, put it this way.
“Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.”
This is so true! When we view life as a gift, rather than something we’ve earned, it’s more difficult to grow big-headed egos. David expressed it this way in Psalm 9:1.
“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.”
Here are 3 practical tips for exercising gratitude.
- Search the internet for a new passage of scripture or quote on gratitude each day. Then, meditation on it for 2-5 minutes.
- Jot down 3 things you are thankful for in your life and post it on your fridge or next to your coffee maker. Make a new list each week.
- Thank someone, no matter how small it might seem, each day for how they contributed positively to your life.
What would you add to this list? Comment below.
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